It’s been weeks since I officially joined Google, and the fact that it’s taken me this long to write this is testament to how busy things have been. What’s my job? I’m covering the Regional Marketing for Google Enterprise in the UK, Ireland and Benelux (Google Enterprise = Google Apps, Google Search Appliance, Google Earth & Maps, Postini)
New Googlers are called Nooglers (New Googler) – and so far this has been a pretty good experience. There is definitely a rapidly emerging “Frequently Asked Questions” with some common themes:
- What’s it like to work at Google?
- How does it compare to Microsoft?
- Do you have to go on a course to perfect your Barista skills?
- How do I get a job at Google?
- Tell me about the Google culture
Too much to answer in one post… so I’ll cover some of these over time… however here are the headline answers…
- What’s it like to work at Google? It’s great – they look after their employees unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Further specifics to come in later posts
- How does it compare to Microsoft? This is the question I get asked MOST. There is lots different and lots in common – could write a book on this but will start with a few blog posts.
- Do you have to go on a course to perfect your Barista skills? Yes – along with lots of other stuff in the “Noogler training” – there are some great onboarding ideas that can be learned from G
- How do I get a job at Google? With difficulty and patience – this could be another book in itself.
- Google culture: there is something called “Googliness” that defines the Google culture… it just is what it is and there is no actual definition. I will try to provide some examples of Googliness to give an idea of what it is. By the way one of the most important things in getting a job at Google is to be quite Googly… as per other points above will require some dedicated blog posts on the subject.
Anyway – so far so good – it feels very much like a startup (a well funded one that is)